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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • City council keeps eyes on possible hotel project

  • City leaders are hoping to get a new hotel in or at least near Wellington, and are in negotiations with one or more developers to make it a reality.
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  • City Commission meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at City Hall.
    City leaders are hoping to get a new hotel in or at least near Wellington, and are in negotiations with one or more developers to make it a reality.
    At its meeting Tuesday night the city will consider changing its charter ordinance to allow the city more flexibility.
    City Manager Gus Collins said the city is in negotiation with developers, and he feels like the project could happen in the near future.
    At recent meetings city officials have discussed possible incentives the city could give a developer. Another possible incentive involves extending the sewer lines to the Interstate. If a new hotel does come, it may be closer to the Interstate than to downtown and extending the sewer line could help encourage other development in that area.
    The city currently collects a bed tax from hotels. That money, by state law, has to go to tourism. A hotel could be considered tourism.
    Much of that money currently goes to the Chamber of Commerce for tourism, and the chamber also allocates money to other groups for tourism.
    Collins said if they change the ordinance, it would not affect the Chambers' budget. It would only apply to any amount in excess of the chambers' budget.
    The change in the ordinance just gives the city permission to change how it allocates the money. Collins said it still may or may not happen.
    "It will be on a case by case basis," he said.
    Also at Tuesday night's meeting, the city will consider issuing revenue bonds for $990,000. This money will be used to help refurbish and add onto the recreation center. Rec center officials showed the city plans at a recent meeting, to expand the facility.
    The rec commission will make payments on the bonds and pay them off. Should the recreation commission go bankrupt or cease to exist, the city would have to pay off those bonds, but Collins said that is not likely to happen.

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